How to Adjust a European Hinge

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How to Adjust a European Hinge
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European, or cup style, hinges are primarily found on cabinets and furniture built in the European, or frameless, style. European hinges can be identified by their installation. Many hinges attach to the surface of a door's edge or back. European style hinges are attached via a round mortise, or hole, that is sunk into the rear of the cabinet door. European hinges typically have more precise adjustments than traditional hinges, with mechanical adjustments controlled by two screws on each hinge.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Check the hinge for proper operation before adjusting. Tighten any loose screws in the hinge plate inside the cabinet. Check the hinge cup in the back of the door for loose screws. Double check your door to see if tightening the screws has fixed the problem.

  2. 2

    Open the door and examine the hinge. European, or cup style, hinges typically have two adjustment screws, one on the hinge between the door and the cabinet, which adjusts how close the door sits to the face of the cabinet. The second adjustment screw is on the hinge mounting plate inside the cabinet and adjusts the tilt of the door from right to left.

  3. 3

    Adjust doors that do not fully close with the adjustment screw on the hinge between the door and the cabinet face. Start with the bottom screw. Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the screw, adjust the hinge in or out to correct the problem and re-tighten the screw.

  4. 4

    Adjust doors that sag right or left with the adjustment screw on the hinge plate inside the cabinet box. Use a screwdriver to loosen the screw. Adjust the door as needed and re-tighten the screw. Repeat with the remaining hinge if needed. Be careful not to overtighten the adjustment screws to prevent stripping the screw heads. Test the door for proper operation and make any additional adjustment as needed.

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